Monday, September 29, 2008

Stolen, or saved?

THE number of Aboriginal children being taken from their extended families is now so high it's close to exceeding the Stolen Generation estimates.

New figures show 669 indigenous children were in state care in 2006-07, compared with about 700 children forcibly removed each year during the peak of the Stolen Generation: the 1920s and 1930s.

The figures were included in reports supplied to the Government by the peak body for indigenous child protection agencies.

In a letter earlier this month to Premier Anna Bligh, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Partnership warned of massive compensation claims in the future because of the failure to address the over-representation of indigenous children in the child protection system.
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So, what do we do? Save the children, rescue them as we would children of any neglectful parent, or do we leave them where they are to perhaps suffer serious injury or die, or to grow up as blighted as their neglectful family members and perpetuate the cycle of victimhood and hopelessness?

Andrew Bolt believes that the Stolen Generations is causing this cycle to continue because the PC child welfare departments and other associated statutory organisations are paralysed with fear of more claims of Stolen children. I think that no matter how much people poo-pooh his idea about this paralysis, he is right.

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